IGS Welcomes New Research Program on Evidence and Governance in Politics

Susan Hyde
August 1, 2016

IGS is pleased to welcome the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) research network, a major program that aims to advance evidence-based policymaking in the United States andabroad, and to improve the quality of empirical research in the social sciences.

EGAP was established in 2009 and previously housed at Columbia and Stanford Universities, and moved to IGS this summer. It will be administered by IGS for at least the next three years,and is supported entirely by more than $10 million in grant funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and others.

“IGS is first and foremost a research center, and we are so proud to add EGAP to the Institute’s research agenda,” said the Institute’s Director, Professor Jack Citrin. “This distinguished program does marvelous work in conducting top-flight academic research that addresses the practical needs of policymaking.”

EGAP is led by Professor Susan Hyde, who this summer joined Berkeley’s Political Science Department from Yale University, and who serves as EGAP’s Executive Director.

“The EGAP team is thrilled to be moving to UC Berkeley, where we look forward to contributing to and learning from the vibrant academic environment at IGS and at Berkeley,”said Hyde.

As a cross-disciplinary network of researchers and practitioners in many universities both in the United States and abroad, EGAP focuses on experimental research on problems of governance, policy, development, and institutions. The network’s scholars and institutional members seek to forge partnerships between researchers and practitioners committed to understanding the politics of global development.

EGAP members are designing and implementing field experiments throughout the world. From impact evaluations of anti-poverty projects in developing countries, to get-out- the-vote campaigns for national elections in the U. S., to anti-corruption campaigns in Brazil, the Project’s work addresses today’s most important questions in the field of government and politics.

Research results are shared with policymakers and development agencies through regular policy fora, biannual meetings, and policy briefs.

The EGAP Board includes IGS Affiliated Faculty Member Thad Dunning, who teaches in Berkeley’s Political Science Department.

The EGAP staff now based at IGS includes Managing Director Ingrid Lee, Membership and Meetings Manager Oriel Nolan-Smith, and Senior Methods Manager Matt Lisiecki, who is currently working remotely from New York. Gareth Nellis is a Postdoctoral Scholar who will be starting in Berkeley this fall. Jaclyn Leaver, who has worked closely with IGS from her position in the Center on the Politics of Development here on campus, has a major role in EGAP as the Senior Research Manager. Katherine Nguyen is taking on the role of Financial Coordinator of EGAP, though she will also continue with her myriad other duties as the Administrative Manager of IGS.